Boris Johnson wants ‘anyone but Rishi’ to replace him: report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Reuters)

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly told defeated Tory leadership candidates to back “anyone but Rishi” as he feels betrayed by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Johnson is convinced that Sunak has been preparing his leadership bid for months and blames him for his downfall, according to an article in the UK’s ‘The Times’.
Citing a series of unnamed sources, the report said Johnson was telling MPs eliminated from the leadership race that Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law Sunak should not be Britain’s prime minister.
Although Johnson has publicly declined to endorse any of the nominees, a source said Johnson “seemed most eager” for the Foreign Secretary. Liz Truss and was also open to junior trade minister Penny Mordaunt for the higher position.
The Times quoted sources as saying: “The whole No. 10 team hates Rishi. It’s personal. It’s vitriolic. They don’t blame Saj [Sajid Javid] to knock him down. They blame Rishi. They think he had been planning this for months.
One source told The Times Johnson feared Sunak was getting “soft” on Putin and another said Johnson was unhappy with Sunak’s lack of a compelling growth strategy when he was chancellor for months. Yet a Sunak ally dismissed the claims, saying, “Rishi led the way in applying the toughest sanctions against Russia.”
Sunak came under heavy criticism in March over his multi-millionaire wife Akshata Murthy’s ties to Infosys. His family was then accused of profiting from the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin since Infosys was present in Moscow.
During an online election campaign on Friday, Sunak said he would only deliver tax cuts “responsibly” after the UK was plagued by inflation – which Thatcher said. made in the 80’s.
When asked what his biggest weakness was, he replied, “I have a reputation for working hard and getting the details across. I think you have to make sure in these jobs, especially as you gain experience, that you don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. It’s about finding the right balance between understanding every aspect of something and then realizing that I did everything I needed to for it and that my time is better spent elsewhere.
He described his vision of the UK as a world leader in education, innovation and technology and becoming the epicenter of the changes seen in the global economy, and enabling businesses to see the benefits of Brexit.
He said he was the right person to be prime minister as he could win red and blue seats as well as Liberal seats like Amersham in the next general election.
He said the best way to help people facing the cost of living crisis “is to make sure they have well-paying jobs. he told viewers.
Sunak’s main rival for leadership, Penny Mordaunt, joked that her biggest weakness was her four Burmese cats and that introducing them to No 10 could present challenges with Larry the Downing Street cat.


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